Dear Class of 2022,
Congratulations on your selection to attend Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). The mission of ACSC is to educate and develop air-minded joint leaders able to lead, compete, and win in a dangerous world. As our current National Security Strategy states, "we face an extraordinarily dangerous world, filled with a wide range of threats that have intensified in recent years" (NSS, 2017, I). In light of this reality, at ACSC you will engage in 10 months of professional military education designed around rigorous academics and littered with personal and professional development opportunities. This is a major career milestone that affords you the opportunity to grow as an officer and leader in the profession of arms. Over the course of the upcoming year, you will engage with material covering a wide spectrum, from the theory of war, airpower history and application, and international security to leadership and joint planning. In conjunction with core academics you will have the opportunity to choose from over 100 elective courses, independent research projects, and/or research task forces.
I expect your assignment to ACSC will be both challenging and rewarding. The academics are unapologetically demanding because your future gaining units need you to be better for having had the Air Force invest these ten months in you. A typical work week requires at least 50-60 hours of focused effort. At the same time, however, you and your family will have a predictable schedule with quarterly breaks, allowing you to plan leave in advance based on the academic calendar.
Finally, your classmates at ACSC will include some of the top officers from across our services and some 70 countries around the world. Civilian professionals from the Department of Defense, FBI, DIA, and additional agencies round out the diverse class. You will be taught by a top-notch faculty with over 40 PhDs and receive personal mentorship from experienced military and civilian leaders. Year after year, senior leaders mention the value of the relationships they developed while at ACSC.
My staff and faculty are dedicated to fulfilling our mission of educating and developing air-minded joint leaders who can tackle the challenges presented by our dangerous world. We can’t wait for you to join us!
Lee G. Gentile, Jr., Colonel, USAF
Current as of: 8 Mar 21
1Schriever Space Scholar Students, SANDS Students, and Air University Fellows B, C, D will report with ISC
2JADS Students and ACSC with MAJCOM Advanced Assignment Students will report with Main Body
*All inbound students will ROM for 14-days upon arrival. Dates have been updated to reflect this change.
1. Initial Student Cadre (ISC): The role of ISC is twofold: 1) fill critical student leadership positions and 2) act as the ADVON team for the main body of students. People who hold these leadership positions are vital players in establishing the culture, morale, and developmental opportunities for the class for the year at ACSC. Calls for volunteers will go out in early January 2021.
2. Concentrations: Air Command and Staff College sponsors distinct Concentration Programs that explore operational and strategic challenges confronting the joint force in air, sea, land, space, and cyber. Students participating in these programs will benefit from elements of ACSC’s core curriculum while also receiving specialized instruction and professional development in their respective concentrations. More info can be found here. Calls for applications will go out at a later date.
3. Early Reporting: Advance written permission must be obtained should early reporting be required (i.e. mandatory return from remote assignments). Normal CONUS and OCONUS moves do not meet this intent. Early reporting requests for personal convenience will not be approved. If an early reporting request is approved, the following statement must be included on your orders: “Early Reporting Authorized. Written Approval Obtained From the Student Squadron Commander at Air Command and Staff College”
4. Reporting Dates: Reporting prior to the Report No Earlier than Date (RNETD) or after the Report No Later than Date (RNLTD) is NOT authorized without prior coordination through ACSC and final approval from HQ AFPC/DP2LWD. Personnel that report early without prior authorization will be charged leave until authorized reporting date and will not be reimbursed for excess lodging/per diem accrued due to early reporting.
1. Narrative-Only PRF (USAF Only): Students must have a Narrative-Only PRF completed by their losing unit prior to departure.
2. Fitness Assessments: Students must report with a current passing Air Force fitness assessment that will not expire prior to 15 September 2021.
3. Security Clearance: A current Top Secret/SCI or Interim Top Secret clearance will be required for all LAF USAF and USN members prior to attendance. All other students (Non-LAF USAF, USA, USMC, USCG and civilians) require a minimum of a (current) Secret clearance. However, if you desire to participate in any TS-level electives and/or briefings, we recommend that you obtain your clearance prior to arrival. Also, if you are currently filling an SCI billet, ask your SSO for a Transfer-in-Status to the AU/SSO (DSN 953-6715/3606 or Comm 334-953-6715) at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. Finally, if your current investigation is within 60 days of the 6 year expiration date, you must begin the update process immediately through your current security manager. Please note – T5 (New TS) investigations will NOT be submitted after arrival at ACSC. Please contact ACSC security manager (DSN 493-2712/Comm 334-953-2712) with any security clearance questions.
4. Computer Requirements: Air University schools have transitioned to a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy and students will not be issued government laptops. All students attending Air Command and Staff College are expected to bring their own personally-owned (not government-issued) device for access to course materials.
5. Military students must be in uniform when signing-in.
6. Ancillary Training: All students should complete annual ancillary training requirements prior to arrival to minimize the need for completion during the academic year. At a minimum, DoD Cyber Awareness Training MUST be completed prior to arrival at ACSC.
7. Transcripts: Non-Air Force military and all civilian personnel need to send their official transcripts to the Air University (AU) Registrar’s Office. AU Registrar contact information: e-mail: email@example.com; service desk site: https://auservicedesk.af.edu; mail: Air University Registrar, AU/A3RR Registrar Services, 60 Shumacher Avenue, Maxwell AFB, AL 36112. If you have questions, military personnel should contact the Student Squadron Administrative Office at Comm: 334-953-2226 (DSN: 493). Civilian personnel should contact the ACSC Registrar Office at Comm: 334-953-9820 (DSN: 493).
*Please send all questions to the Student Squadron (STUS) team via email to the ACSC STUS Org Box E-Mail: ACSC.STUS.Students@us.af.mil
US students selected for ACSC must bring their own personal computing device. International Officers are not required to bring their own device, although they may do so if it meets all criteria below. Those international officers who do not bring their own device will be issued a US government computer for their use while a student at ACSC. Each individual is responsible for the maintenance and repair of their own personal computing device. A limited number of Government “loaner” laptops will be available for temporary use should a student experience a catastrophic computer failure. The use of Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) from any agency outside of ACSC is strongly discouraged, as these devices may experience compatibility issues that cannot be resolved. Personal computing devices must meet the following standards:
HARDWARE (Do NOT bring a desktop style computer for use in the seminar rooms)
• Laptop or notebook with a physical keyboard (MANDATORY). Due to extensive curriculum writing requirements, tablets that do not have a physical keyboard will NOT be useful and are NOT recommended
• 802.11ac or 802.11n capable wireless card (MANDATORY; included in most laptops built since 2010)
• CAC reader (MANDATORY)
• Modern web browser with the ability to run web-based applications Chrome 63 or newer (RECOMMENDED), Firefox 57 or newer, Internet Explorer 11 and Edge 40 or newer, Safari 10 or newer
• Adobe Acrobat Reader or other software capable of viewing and signing PDF files (MANDATORY)
• Office suite capable of processing Microsoft Office 2013 or 2016 file formats [Word, PowerPoint, Excel] (MANDATORY)
• Up-to-date anti-virus protection (MANDATORY). Note: For US students, anti-virus and office software may be available for purchase at a significant discount via DoD or your service’s Home Use Program (HUP).
• An annual certificate of completion for the DoD Cyber Awareness Challenge that covers the entire academic year until graduation (MANDATORY)
ACSC BYOD IT Checklist (CAO 21 July 2020):
Enabling your CAC
Visit Public key Infrastructure/Enabling (PKI/PKE) to configure configure systems to access PKI-protected content.
OPTION 2 (DoD Website):
• Select Windows and execute steps 1, 2*, 3, 4
NOTE: Windows 10 Users DO NOT need to execute step 2
Part 3: Minimum Required CAC Sites ▪ ACSC SharePoint: Complete the registration at the link below.
▪ https://cs2.eis.af.mil/sites/aetc-max-au-acsc/students/_layouts/15/start.aspx#/Lists/ AY20%20RegistraOon/AllItems1.aspx
▪ You will need your CAC to sign into the SharePoint; use your email certificate.
▪ If you have not already completed the ACSC Registration you will need to complete this.
▪ NOTE: If your EDIP or any part of your SSN begins with a zero, the form may erroneously remove that leading zero. Please review your information on the site and confirm its accuracy.
▪ Ensure that your most current AFFMS report is loaded into your registration profile.
▪ Work Email: Required to check once per day.
• Use your authentication certificate.
• Using either Edge or Internet Explorer, go to AF Portal, then search for “S/MIME” (or click the below link):
• Follow the instructions for your browser to obtain the S/MIME extension
❖ Note: Do not skip the configuration steps (adding “external.mail.af.mil” to the approved domains list); otherwise it won’t work in OWA.
• Once signed into OWA click on the setting’s “gear” icon in the upper right corner
• Select Options from the drop-down menu
• On the left-hand side under Mail>Layout>Email signature you will find a location for entering a signature block
• Check both boxes to include the signature on new and reply/forward messages
• Use the template below with your name. Add any other (Flight/Division Academic/ Athletic/IT Rep, MDOS, Fellow, etc.) on the line below ACSC Student
FIRST M. LAST, Maj, USAF
Student, ACSC AY21
• Finally click the “Save” icon and then click the “<-“ icon in the upper left to return to the main OWA screen.
(Optional): Obtaining a virtual NIPR terminal via Desktop Anywhere
1. Desktop Anywhere is a service that allows users to access a virtual NIPR desktop from your personal computer. It works on both Mac and Windows computers. Desktop Anywhere provides access to the full suite of AFNet applications, allowing users to send and receive encrypted email, digitally sign documents, and access SharePoint and shared drive locations as if they were operating from a .mil computer.
▪ On your personal computer, search for “Desktop Anywhere” on AF Portal (or go to the link below):
▪ Open and follow the instructions located in the “Attachments” column on the right side of the page for your system (Windows or Mac).
1. U.S. Military Students: Bring all duty uniforms with you to ACSC
2. The primary duty uniform at Maxwell AFB is the OCP uniform (or equivalent) and/or flight suit. International Officers should bring a complete set of their country's equivalent of the camouflage fatigue/utility uniform (i.e. OCP), and a service dress uniform (coat, tie and hat)
3. Civilians are expected to comply with reasonable dress and grooming standards based on comfort, productivity, health, safety and type of position occupied. Jeans are not authorized.
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